August 2017

Aaron Rodgers was not messing around at practice Tuesday. The Packers quarterback came out sporting one of the best mustaches seen in the NFL since the 1970s and the internet reacted appropriately.

Speaking during a televised town hall meeting on CNN, Obama said: “I want (the protesters) to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing. But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”

Kaepernick’s protest, he says, isn’t aimed at the military but rather toward what he — and many others — perceive as unequal treatment of people of color by law enforcement officers.

That national discussion about a protest movement has now gone up to and through the highest elected office in the land.

“Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation. But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion,” Obama said, adding, “The test of our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with. … As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”seahawks_103

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After posting a dud in his Summer League debut, scoring only five points on 2-of-15 shooting, Lonzo Ball reminded the world why the Lakers selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

McLemore is one of the players around the league that many feel has an untapped potential and that his time in Sacramento has not allowed him to develop into the player many hoped he would become. He shot 38 percent from the three-point line during the 2016-2017 season and obviously has some room to improve which is hopefully what will happen in Memphis with Coach Fizdale.

McLemore becoming a huge splash in free agency is unlikely but he is a quality 3 and D type player that may be able to benefit from a change of scenery, especially with the basketball culture that the Memphis Grizzles have created.

The Raptors traded Terrence Ross and their 2017 first-round pick to the Magic for Ibaka at the trade deadline, creating one of the East’s more-feared starting lineups. The two-way stretch four averaged 14 points and seven rebounds on 40 percent three-point shooting for the remainder of the regular season, but he did so without Lowry, who suffered a wrist injury just before the All-Star break that sidelined him until April.
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Toronto was able to sneak out of a tough first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks before they were swept out of the second round by the Cavaliers. Now, the Raptors hope to salvage some of their end-of-the-season momentum into next year by bringing their core back.

With Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan locked in, the Raptors are inevitably a playoff team. Bringing back Lowry legitimizes Toronto at the point guard position, and the Eastern Conference weakened when two All-Stars were traded to the West. On pace to bring their starters back, the Raptors are in clear contention with Boston and Washington as second-fiddle to LeBron’s Cavaliers in the East.

And that’s not a bad place to be.

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The 2017 summer has turned into a showcase of offseason workouts of NBA players on Twitter and Instagram, but maybe the most important trend to emerge has been Carmelo Anthony’s alter ego: Hoodie Melo. Hoodie Melo was created after fans began to see him constantly wearing a hoodie while working out, mostly with Chris Brickley. Brickley has become the go-to workout guru for many NBA athletes including Anthony, Kevin Durant, and C.J. McCollum.

Hoodie Melo works out at 2 a.m. Hoodie Melo doesn’t miss. Hoodie Melo makes LeBron James look like a mere mortal.
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It was with Brickley that Hoodie Melo began to make his debut. There is a large number of Hoodie Melo appearances on Brickley’s Instagram dating back to May of 2017.

Despite Thomas’ massive improvement, this isn’t an easy decision for Boston.

Thomas was a superstar last year, but he also was a major liability on defense, and, well, he is small. He’ll be looking for a full 5-year, $200 million-plus deal, but he’ll also be 29 years old when the time comes.

It’s hard to make that kind of long-term commitment to a 5’9 guard exiting his prime that only impacts one end of the floor, no matter how good he is there. The Celtics may not even need his scoring as much this year with Gordon Hayward on the roster.

Thomas may end up in a situation like (or worse) than Kyle Lowry did with the Raptors this passed offseason. The 31-year-old Lowry was looking for a full 5-year, $200 million deal from Toronto just like Thomas will be next year. But once the market didn’t work out for him, Lowry ended up settling for a 3-year deal at about $33 million per year.

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Jermaine Kearse Elite Jersey Michael Jordan is on a roll. First, he let us know that he thinks Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James — a scorching hot take, to be sure. Then, on Thursday, he also said he thinks Kawhi Leonard is the best two-way player in the game. He even took the time of day to trash talk Lavar Ball.

The most popular and basic belief of flat Earth zealots is that the Earth is actually a disc shaped object, and that … gravity isn’t real. While the Earth is a flat disc, it’s also in a bubble or dome, in which the moon and sun travel back and forth. This is how flat Earth truthers explain sunset and sunrise.
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Flat Earth truthers also believe that the Earth does not rotate. That’s why they say the path of totality moves from west to east. If the Earth was rotating as science suggests, these flat Earthers claim the totality would move from east to west. Here are 23 full minutes on the subject.

The second reason the eclipse proves the flat Earth theory in the mind of these people is the shadow. A shadow is described as a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface. A flat Earth truther would say that an object’s shadow can’t be smaller than the object itself, according to

The sun is a light, Flowers said in a phone interview. They’re all lights. The sun and the moon are the same size and they spin above us and it’s a battery. It’s a battery system. The moon is the negative and the sun is the positive.

I’ve never believed the Earth is more round than I did after researching this blog post. Kyrie, if you really believe the Earth is flat, you are crazy.

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The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it filed an appeal of the six-game suspension handed to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott by the NFL. The punishment stems from accusations of domestic violence from July 2016, a couple months prior to Elliott’s NFL debut.

In their first preseason game, that trio combined for seven carries and only 18 yards. They’ll have to step up their performance as the regular season approaches — or else Russell Wilson will be counted on even more this fall than he was in 2016.

When Watson hit the field, he immediately showed his ability to improvise and make plays on the fly. It’s a good thing he has that skill, because Houston’s offensive line rarely gave him time.

Buffalo decided that Watkins and Darby will not be part of that long-term rebuilding effort.

For Watkins, the reason is obvious. He struggled to stay on the field and has continued to deal with nagging injuries since his rookie season. With a strong showing in the team’s preseason opener, the Bills likely thought it was their final chance to get good value for him with free agency on the way in 2018.

The trade of Darby is a little more surprising, but it is likely tied to the addition of Sean McDermott as Buffalo’s head coach. As defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, McDermott valued length in outside cornerbacks. The team drafted Tre’Davious White in the first round to give them that, but Darby didn’t as much.

Getting Matthews and Gaines means the team doesn’t have a disaster at either position, but the coup of the deals for the Bills was the draft picks. The team was already a long shot to compete much in 2017, so losing Watkins and Darby doesn’t tank any Super Bowl hopes.redskins_104_04c8f2d3c700ebe5-180x180

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You see Josh eventually make friends, thanks to his basketball-playing dog, and go through the awkwardness of being a teenager. You see a widowed mother fall in love and get married to someone new and then try to make things work for her family (which she does). You see the Framm siblings embrace each other when Josh has to leave for college, and Andrea isn’t ready to say goodbye. You see Andrea try her hardest to earn travel money so she can see her best friend who moved to a different state.

You see Noah, the youngest Framm sibling, grow up into a toddler and steal the spotlight, because he’s genuinely the funniest human character Air Bud had to offer.

For one, Kershaw’s health is a serious concern. He missed two months of 2016 with a herniated disc in his back that limited him to 149 innings. Kershaw looked worn out by the time he pitched in Game 6 of the NLCS last fall, likely thanks to both his back and the fact this was already his fifth start of the postseason due to the Dodgers’ obsession with pitching their starters on three days’ rest in October. And they almost didn’t even make it far enough for this to happen to Kershaw, too, as his reputation nearly cost the Dodgers the NLDS before then.

No one knows if this back injury is something that is going to limit Kershaw from here on out, so saying that is definitely what is happening is irresponsible. At a time when the Dodgers are the best they’ve been with Kershaw, though, even the slight chance that he won’t be the unstoppable horse he’s been for nearly a decade now is an alarming one.
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Kershaw is supposed to be the healthy constant surrounded by an ever-rotating cast of starters who might not have the physical ability to approach 200 innings without breaking into pieces. If Kershaw can’t get there, and he’s limited in the postseason in some way because of this, that’s a huge issue for Los Angeles and their chances.

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Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was given a three-game suspension for his hit that concussed Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel on Tuesday.
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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the punishment Thursday following a hearing with the 22-year-old blueliner, who did not have a track record of previous violations during his three-year NHL career. But the fact Guentzel was injured on the play likely factored into the severity of the ban.

Limited Evander Kane Jersey The hit occurred at the 11:17 mark of the first period in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss. Guentzel was the intended recipient of a deflected pass as the Penguins attempted to exit the zone, and Ristolainen followed through with a vicious hip check, catching Guentzel off guard and knocking him backward to the ice.

Guentzel emerged from the play with his face bloodied and headed for the locker room. He did not return to the game.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has supported Ovechkin’s desire to go to PyeongChang; last week, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk gave a flat no when asked whether his players would be free to attend.

The situation is similar to the lead-up to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, when the NHL did not agree to go until July 2013.

If there’s still a desire to salvage talks, it seems the next move will have to be made by the IOC.

When the IOC comes to us and says, ‘By the way we know it cost $15 to $20 million to send your players between insurance, charter costs and accommodations for the players’ … well, we’re not going to pay for that, Bettman said.

If they don’t value our participation why are we going.

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The Chicago Cubs are a perfect 9-0 in their last nine games on the road. The Cubs will try to extend that road winning streak in a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers starting Friday night.

Authentic Mens Evander Kane Jersey Chicago is a -150 road favorite in Milwaukee at sportsbooks monitored by Jose Quintana will take the mound for the Cubs on Friday against Brent Suter and the Brewers as +140 home underdogs.

The Cubs have erased a 5 1/2 game deficit in the NL Central to take over the top spot in the division with an 11-2 surge since the All-Star break, taking advantage of a Brewers slump.

As the AP reports, in 2018 the league is planning a season opening series somewhere in Asia but some sources have said that based on the current timing that series will probably not come to fruition. In April of next year, a series between Cleveland and Minnesota in Puerto Rico has been confirmed for the 17th and 18th. There will also be a series in Mexico in April.

Authentic Mens Dustin Colquitt Jersey For 2019, the season will open in Japan and include another Mexico trip, as well as a planned game in London’s Olympic Stadium. At this point, the teams involved are allegedly the Yankees and Sox.

One strong fan base won’t always be enough for fans to turn out in a foreign country, so scheduling a rivalry to kick off a presence in England makes sense.

For 2020, the season will once again start in Asia although no confirmed country has been specified as the locale right now. Throughout the year there will once again be a series in Mexico, as well as in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic that spring.

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This time, Ryan Tannehill will have surgery to repair his knee.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the Dolphins quarterback will have reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He will be placed on injured reserve and miss the season.

In an effort to allow players to be more expressive, the NFL will permit any color or design on their cleats as long as the footwear doesn’t include commercialized or trademarked logos. The other league-approved brands include Nike, Under Armour and adidas.

From wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown to quarterback Cam Newton, a number of players received fines last season for donning decorated cleats, whether to tribute 9/11, commemorate lost idols or just show their wacky personality. However, the NFL allowed players to design their own footwear for Week 13 last year and the custom shoes were later auctioned to benefit the various charities they promoted.

It seems the praise drawn from that campaign swayed the league to loosen its grip this season.

“I was really proud of it. And I think we as a society should be proud,” Baldwin said. “The overwhelming and most profound message is that we claim to have equality and liberty for all people. And some people feel that’s not the case.

“So maybe we should listen to them. Maybe we should listen to what their thoughts are and see if we can’t be better. If we think we’re perfect, the Romans thought they were perfect. I’d just say maybe we shouldn’t think we’re perfect and there’s always room for improvement.”

Michael Bennett said he plans on sitting during the anthem for the enterity of the season. While Baldwin might join him, brother Martellus didn’t give a direct answer as to whether he will do the same.

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Limited Kids Cameron Fleming Jersey So, until recently, it’s been a small list. There is now a fifth must-read Hall of Fame book, though, with the recent publication of Jay Jaffe’s The Cooperstown Casebook (446 pages, Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, $25.99). Jaffe’s debut solo book isn’t perfect but makes for a long-overdue update for The Politics of Glory.

Stylistically, Jaffe’s work is in the same vein as The Politics of Glory or another James classic, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. There isn’t a book-length narrative as with Cooperstown Confidential or A Legend for the Legendary, but a series of mini-biographical capsules most of the way, breaking down the most deserving Hall of Famers at every position.

That’s not sustainable for a catcher, even an outstanding young player like Contreras. The Cubs need to add someone to lighten the load, and veteran Alex Avila feels like a perfect fit. The Tigers are sellers on the market, and Avila, 30, is a free agent after the season. The left-handed hitter is having his best offensive season since 2011, when he produced a 5.1 rWAR for Detroit. Avila’s batting .291 with 11 homers and a .932 OPS in 70 games.
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As for other options … the Cubs know former Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy well, and he’s a soon-to-be free agent in Texas who is having a so-so year offensively (.251 average, .653 OPS). That lack of production means he wouldn’t be super expensive for the Cubs, and maybe the two teams work out some type of Darvish-and-Lucroy combo deal. Kurt Suzuki wouldn’t be a headline-grabbing addition, but he’s a veteran who has eight homers and a .813 OPS in 44 games as Atlanta’s second catcher. That would definitely be an upgrade for the Cubs.

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